Antony Micallef is a British artist who was taught by the great landscape painter John Virtue, who in turn was taught by the last of the post war painters the renowned Frank Auerbach. Widely recognised as one of the finest painters in contemporary art today. He has work in collections all over the world and has exhibited in group shows in institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the ICA London.
Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Asia of British artist Antony Micallef (b.1975). The Galleries will present a new series of paintings that explores the relationships among artistic intent, representation and the use of paint as a material for expressing emotions.
Known for his visually charged figure paintings, Micallef has enjoyed international success since he was placed second in the BP Portrait Award, hosted at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2000. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy, ICA in London before and widely in the United States.
On view at the Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong is a new series of paintings and studies that has taken a complete departure from his earlier artworks. Micallef builds up a relief like surface with heavy paint to depict a figurative mass in front of a muted background. By using an impasto technique, the material is pushed to its extreme that blurs our reading of painting and sculpture. Confronting with the sheer physicality of the painting as an object, the depicted subject takes on its own life and existence. Furthermore, the use of gestural abstraction resonates with the traditions of action painting [from the 1940’s] and the School of London [from the 1970’s].